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West Virginia News

West Virginia governor expands reopenings as hotspots emerge

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday expanded his aggressive plan to lift coronavirus restrictions after announcing new hotspots in the state's eastern panhandle. The Republican governor said he is considering a mandatory ...

West Virginia to offer discounts on park lodging

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday announced that he's going to offer discount lodging at state parks to show his appreciation for people's actions during the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican said in-state residents renting lodges, cabins or campsites ...

Colleges plan fall opening, but campuses won’t look the same

By COLLIN BINKLEY AP Education Writer Growing numbers of U.S. colleges are pledging to reopen this fall, with dramatic changes to campus life to keep the coronavirus at bay. Big lectures will be a thing of the past. Dorms will will be nowhere near capacity. Students will face mandatory virus ...

Nearly 5K West Virginians file for jobless aid

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Almost 5,000 West Virginians filed for unemployment benefits last week amid the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns, according to federal data released Thursday. The new applications come as nearly 39 million Americans have sought ...

Huttonsville prison virus cases reach 6

HUTTONSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — At least six people from the Huttonsville Correctional Center have now tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Thursday. Figures released by the state show four staffers and two inmates of the Randolph County prison have the virus. Officials said the ...

West Virginia gov shifts testing standard, unveils reopening

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice unveiled an aggressive plan Monday to reopen the state's economy while loosening coronavirus testing benchmarks without explanation. The Republican is moving to lift restrictions if the state's ...

Workers live at West Virginia plant during virus scare

KENOVA, W.Va. (AP) — While Americans have learned how to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic, some employees at one West Virginia production plant have been living at work for almost a month. More than 40 employees at Braskem America's facility near Kenova have volunteered to be ...

Deputy: 1 dead, 1 injured in apparent maintenance accident

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — One man died and another was injured Monday morning when they became trapped under a dump truck, officials said. Rescue crews were called to Jimmy Dunn Excavating in Charleston around 8 a.m., officials told news outlets. One man died at the scene and another man was ...

Marshall to hold online graduation for medical students

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is set to hold a virtual graduation ceremony for its medical students, the college said on Monday. Graduating students at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will have their ceremony online Friday. It will feature recorded ...

WVa humanities programs released on internet during pandemic

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Humanities Council has begun releasing some content on the internet to address disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic. In March, self-recorded videos of some published poets from around West Virginia were posted in "Poetry During a Time of ...